Install new software and later remove

  manrow 08:47 31 Mar 2012

I have much software recently purchased which offers programmes in direct competition with Microsoft Office.

Is there a convenient way of installing this new software to trial it in such a way that if I wish to uninstall it can all (or part) be removed without leaving endless trails within the computer potentially slowing down its operation?

My desktop operating system is Windows Vista.

  Ian in Northampton 08:49 31 Mar 2012

Much software comes with its own uninstaller. There's also, of course, add/remove programs in Control Panel. Although I have not personally used it, many on here recommend Revo Uninstaller which is said to most completely eradicate all traces of software that you've uninstalled.

  KRONOS the First 09:46 31 Mar 2012

Here is a way of running/trying programs with little impact on your PC.


  Terry Brown 09:52 31 Mar 2012

I often use Sandboxie to test programs I am unsure about. If you wish to nmake it permanant on your system you can or just remove the box and all traces are gone.


  onthelimit1 10:11 31 Mar 2012

TB - I like the look of that bit of software - downloaded,thanks!

  manrow 10:45 31 Mar 2012

Brilliant fast responses thank you all!

  Peter 11:12 31 Mar 2012


For complete confidence, why not take an image backup (Acronis, Easus, Paragon, etc.) to an external drive, before you test the new software and then you can restore the backup image if you don't like the new software?


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